Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson, No. 1 in nation, begins Big Ten tournament as No. 2 seed

Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson is the top-ranked heavyweight in the country this season, but he is seeded No. 2 for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Piscataway, N.J.

Minnesota coach Brandon Eggum was “surprised” to see Michigan’s Mason Parris (26-0) ahead of Steveson (12-0) in light of national rankings listing Steveson on top.

“I think any Big Ten coach (who) is voting on this would, if they had to put money down on someone, they would put it on Gable, including the top-ranked guys’ coaches,” Eggum told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. “That is my true feelings.”

Eggum’s theory is coaches with top heavyweights tried to keep Steveson on the other side of the bracket to avoid having to face him earlier in the tournament. “You might see some jockeying there,” Eggum hypothesized. Continue reading at

Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson back on top after six-month suspension

After a 35-2 freshman season, a second-place finish in the Big Ten Championships and a third-place finish in the NCAA Championships, the path to the top of the University of Minnesota history books looked clear for Gophers star wrestler Gable Steveson.

Three more years of eligibility, a potential Olympic berth and the Minneapolis-hosted NCAA Championships in 2020 all appeared to be in the palm of Steveson’s hand. That was, until news broke in June 2019 that Steveson and teammate Dylan Martinez had been arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual misconduct.

From that point until late December, both wrestlers were suspended under the University’s athlete code of conduct, as the wrestlers, the coaches and the administration awaited word on the pending Hennepin County investigation.

Steveson’s fantastic freshman season and his seemingly ceiling-less potential suddenly came to a screeching halt as speculation ran rampant across the Twin Cities and wrestling communities, wondering what exactly he and Martinez had done and what would to happen to them. Continue reading at

Back from suspension, superstar Steveson says he’s tougher than ever

At the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, Gable Steveson went to the mat as the final wrestler, knowing that if he won gold, Team USA would clinch its first title since 1984.

He wasn’t yet 18, so he required a waiver to even compete. He won and so did the United States, beating the Russians by a single point.

This week, Steveson pointed to that match as evidence of the practice he’s had focusing under public pressure. He has needed the skill since June, when he and Gophers teammate Dylan Martinez were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. They were suspended from the team, with Steveson’s mug shot stripped across gossip sites. Continue reading at

Minnesota wrestlers Steveson, Martinez will not be charged

University of Minnesota wrestlers Gable Steveson and Dylan Martinez will not be charged in a sexual assault investigation, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who spoke at a news conference on Friday morning.

Freeman cited “inadequate evidence” to prosecute the case.

“There are often conflicting versions of what happened, and this case is no exception,” said Freeman. “In the interest of justice, simply, there is inadequate evidence to fairly charge and prosecute this case.”

Evidence included police reports, interviews with participants, interviews with the victim, DNA and other forensics. Continue reading at

Steveson takes silver on final day of Medved International

On the final day of competition at the Medved International in Minsk, Belarus, the U.S. netted three more medals. Both Tyler Graff (Titan Mercury WC) and Jordan Wood (Lehigh Valley WC) emerged from their bronze medal matches victorious. Gable Steveson (Minnesota RTC) fell in his finals match to take silver.

At 61 kg, Graff was untouchable in repechage. He bested his opponent from Turkey, 3-0, and followed it up with a 5-0 victory of Egorov of North Macedonia, 5-0 for bronze.

Likewise, Jordan Wood rolled in his bronze medal match at 125 kg, dismantling Belarus’s Lakeyenk, 10-0.

In the 125 kg finals match, Steveson was unable to get much going against Khasanboy Rakhimov of Uzbekistan. A 2018 Junior World bronze medalist and 2019 Senior Asian Championship fifth-place finisher, Rakhimov defeated Steveson, 12-0. Continue reading at

Smith Earns World Team Spot While Steveson Falls at Final X

Former Gopher wrestler Pat Smith punched his ticket to the 2019 World Championships with two victories over Kamal Bey at 77kg in Greco-Roman wrestling, while at 125kg current Gopher wrestler Gable Steveson fell to two-time world bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski on Saturday night.

Smith avenged his US Open loss to Bey from earlier this year on Saturday night at Rutgers. Smith has now made his second Greco-Roman world team after competing in 2017 at 71kg.

After suffering a loss by 11-2 superiority in the first bout, Smith bounced back in the second putting forth his gameplan with a constant motor. Smith limited Bey’s flashy offense and came out on top of the 2-1 bout to force a decisive third bout.

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Gable Steveson and Pat Smith Ready For Final X:Rutgers

Gophers rising sophomore Gable Steveson (125kg) and alum Pat Smith (77kg) are set to compete at Final X: Rutgers this Saturday in a pair of best-of-three series. Steveson faces 2018 World Medalist Nick Gwiazdowski in freestyle while Smith challenges 2019 US Open Champion Kamal Bey in Greco-Roman.

Smith will be the second bout in the 5 pm evening session while Steveson and Gwiazdowski will wrestle fifth following the Whitney Conder/Victoria Anthony bout. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow @GopherWrestling on Twitter.

If victorious, the wrestlers will compete at the 2019 United World Wrestling Championships from September 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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